Tempting though it may be, closing the lid on your annual open-enrollment period shouldn’t result in closing the lid on your benefits strategy and communication plan, too. In fact, it may just be the best time possible to start perfecting your plan for next year.
Once enrollment is complete, you may still have steps to take to implement your employees’ elections and changes. If your benefits provider’s online portal allows employees to make their benefit selections directly, changes to payroll deductions will still need to be communicated to your payroll department or provider. Enrollment information entered on paper forms may need to be keyed into your provider’s benefits portal, faxed, or scanned and uploaded for changes to take effect.